Hallmark Star Jen Lilley Says Soap Opera Work Was the Most Stress She’s Ever Experienced

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jen Lilley attends the 28th Annual Movieguide Awards Gala at Avalon Theater

Actor Jen Lilley mentioned she’d a lot moderately work on a Hallmark movie any day over performing on a cleaning soap opera.

Lilley revealed that cleaning soap opera work is way extra grueling than viewers might understand. “There are no teleprompters. You are doing anywhere from 150 to 200 pages a day on soap operas. Word perfect,” she instructed Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Lilley appeared on each General Hospital and Days of our Lives.

Jen Lilley attends the 28th Annual Movieguide Awards Gala at Avalon Theater
Jen Lilley attends the 28th Annual Movieguide Awards Gala at Avalon Theater| Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

“You don’t even get a camera rehearsal in the afternoon,” she recalled. “There’s no time, they have to wrap by 5:00 or 5:30. So if you are at 4:49, everything’s going straight to tape. And if you mess up, you will get recast.”

“I was a recast,” she mentioned. “That’s how I got into soaps, taking over for Kirsten Storms. They don’t care on soaps. You will be replaced. And eventually, they know that the audience will get over it. Like [fans] will be upset for like half a minute. Okay. Then they’re fine.” 

Jen Lilly compares the surroundings to nearly shedding her youngster 

The idea of being replaceable is extraordinarily true in cleaning soap work. “You are so replaceable on a soap opera that it is so stressful,” she says. “The solely time I’ve been that wired in life was after I was going through my son’s custody battle together with his adoption. Because I knew he was going to die if he went again to his beginning father. And then we adopted him thank God. But he totally could be useless. Those have been the one instances I’ve been so wired. General Hospital and Kayden’s adoption.” 

“It’s literally so stressful,” she emphasised. “I used to be 96 kilos after I was on General Hospital. I couldn’t even eat. Like you’re so wired that there isn’t an quantity of meals that you can eat.”

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She nearly grew to become utterly depending on scripts as a result of she was so glued to memorizing her strains. “You kind of have the muscle memory in your mind,” she mentioned. “The more you memorize the easier it gets. I used to put keywords in the right-hand margin.”

“I would memorize the story first,” she continued. “What is this scene about, what’s the goal of the scene, what are we trying to accomplish. What are the emotions and what is the story?” Lilley mentioned the extra you memorized the strains, the quicker you grew to become. Although, “I was terrible at interviews while I was on a soap opera because I was like, ‘I’m sorry unless it’s handed to me, I can’t have a conversation with you because I don’t remember how words work.” 

She’s obtained one thing within the works for Hallmark this vacation season

Lilley has since pivoted to the Hallmark world, which she loves. Hallmark lately unveiled a strong vacation movie lineup for 2020. While Lilley can’t reveal specifics on her challenge, she will share that she might be a part of a vacation film. “I don’t have my official movie lined up yet,” she mentioned. “I’m slated to do a Christmas movie. I have a wonderful contractual relationship with them. A Christmas movie is part of it. But I wasn’t sure where we were going to be with the coronavirus. But then they shared yesterday that they were still going to do 40 new movies this year!”

She’s additionally engaged on a really “Hallmark” kind challenge too. Lilley, who’s a champion of the foster motion and is a foster guardian, is working to construct a whole neighborhood in America designed for foster kids and fogeys.

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She began to lift cash by her nationwide #VoicesThatGive contest, a as soon as in a lifetime alternative to present musicians and actors an opportunity to win the grand prize of $10,000, a walk-on roll on a Hallmark Channel film and far more. The nationwide #VoicesThatGive competitors introduced a winner on July 15, however Lilley is planning to launch one other contest to coincide with the vacations. “The first contest was a good trial run because I want to hold more contests in the future,” she mentioned. “So now I know what to do.”

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